Carrie Underwood Faces off With Tennessee Legislature

“Shame on TN lawmakers for passing the Ag-Gag bill,” she tweets.

Carrie by James White/Schmidt Relations

Animal lover Carrie Underwood has shown her displeasure over the so-called Ag-Gag bill that has been passed by the Tennessee legislature and has taken to Twitter to express her opposition.

The bill states that journalists and organizations must report and expose incidents of animal abuse or inhumane activity to the Department of Agriculture within a 48-hour time period. Opponents claim that this is insufficient time to gather evidence and document it effectively.

The bill was passed by the House and Senate and awaits Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam’s signature.

Carrie has urged Governor Haslam to veto the bill. “Shame on TN lawmakers for passing the Ag-Gag bill,” Carrie said via Twitter. “If Gov. Haslam signs this, he needs to expect me at his front door. Who’s with me?”

Tennessee Representative Andy Holt apparently was not. “I think Carrie will stick to singing country music and I’ll stick to lawmaking,” Representative Holt said.

Carrie responded to that comment by tweeting, “I should stick to singing? Wow, sorry. I’m just a tax paying citizen concerned for the safety of my family.”

Representative Holt later noted that his comments were misunderstood. “I work for the people of Tennessee and Carrie Underwood, being an individual who lives in the state of Tennessee, I work for her as well.”

Check out this video of Carrie on the subject.

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